The need to talk about “WEATHER” in all its manifestations permeated so many parts of this website that it became necessary to make it a main section.
Weather forms the background to passage planning, acquiring the data has a major influence on the electronics on board, as a whole variety of comms can be involved. The increasing use of grib files links weather to computing, and the development of Logs requires good weather images. Once at sea, knowledge of actual weather at key points in the passage becomes important, even to the level of planning sail changes.
This section attempts to organise my experience and thoughts in this area. From the outset, however, I should say that the development of my own thoughts has been greatly influenced byFrank Singleton, who has done so much to make sure we have high quality weather information, and to make his knowledge available to the rest of us.
The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) is an internationally agreed-upon set of safety procedures, types of equipment, and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue distressed ships, boats and aircraft.